Jul 5, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI is winning over hearts .. and minds


-- "I have been pleasantly surprised by what we have seen thus far," said the Rev. Keith F. Pecklers, an American Jesuit who is a professor at the Gregorian, a pontifical university in Rome. "What strikes me is that he is clearly a man of deep prayer and spirituality. He is very intelligent, a good theologian. And he is very humble. He clearly does not want to call attention to himself."

-- "At first, I wasn't sure about this pope," said Teresa La Peruta, 59, a homemaker from Naples who, along with thousands of other Catholics, cheered Benedict recently in St. Peter's Square, even though she did not like his involvement in the fight over the fertility law. "I have to be honest: I didn't like him."

"He is beginning to win me over," said Ms. La Peruta. "I hope he does so more and more."

-- His writings have found a new and larger audience, one that appreciates their intelligence and clarity. " I feel less alone when I read the books of Ratzinger," the Italian writer Oriana Fallaci told The Wall Street Journal last month. "I am an atheist, and if an atheist and a pope think the same thing, there must be some truth there."

[Not everyone is warming up to Pope Benedict, like poor old Frances "Quisling" Kissling, president of an anti-Catholic, pro-abortion group]

-- For more liberal Catholics, the current honeymoon represents a victory of style over substance: Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice, an American group that advocates abortion rights, said Benedict had reached out to non-Catholics but not to Catholics who disagree with church teaching on abortion, contraception or the place of women in the church.
"It reminds me of my mother," Ms. Kissling said. "My mother was a person all my friends adored. She was urbane. She was modern. And she was charming. Yet at home she was a strict disciplinarian and a pain in the neck.
She said she had hoped that a new pope would "concentrate intensely on healing the deep political rift that exists between orthodox Catholics and liberal or progressive Catholics, because the church internally is in bad shape." Under Benedict, she predicted, "this is not going to happen."


Blogger Daniel Muller said...

[The Pope should] "concentrate intensely on healing the deep political rift that exists between orthodox Catholics and liberal or progressive Catholics, because the church internally is in bad shape."

Thank you, Frances dear, for the money quote. But unless you are a greater ultramontanist than any Catholic, you must see that it is all up to you with your God-given gifts of free will and intellect: do the logic and either claim that you yourself are orthodox -- if you can with a straight face -- or swim the "political" rift!

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Truth must continue to be defended and that means the defense of life. Our God is a God of life. There can be no compromise with and evil.

The healing will come when those who advocate for will be converted and their souls saved.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

One thing Kissling can do to help toheal that rift is to repent!

3:59 PM  
Blogger hilary said...

"failed to reach out..."

because the only way you can reach out to those people is to reverse your position that 'you can't kill people to solve your problems.' There is no reaching out to people who like to kill babies and demand that you agree.

"Reach out"! what rubbish. Does one reach out to terrorists who blow up little kids?

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Quintero said...

Hilary, you said it so well.

9:05 PM  

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